Kansas switching to virtual food safety inspections

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture has a division called “Food Safety and Lodging.” Their job, is to oversee exactly that which means they conduct food inspections.

However, in order to keep inspectors and businesses safe, they’re switching to virtual inspections. That means they’ll be using a video conferencing service like Zoom or Skype to contact the business. From there, they can take their phone or tablet around the business and answer questions the department may have.

Food Safety Program Manager Steve Moris says “A benefit of these remote inspections, is that, the business owners can ask questions of our inspectors just to ensure things that are new now are, they are being done right and by food safety law.”

Moris says they don’t have a timeframe as to when standard in-person inspections may resume.